Laura Jane Grace, the trans frontwoman of punk rock band Against Me! has burned her birth certificate during her band's concert this May 15, in Durham, North Carolina, as a form of protest against the state's House Bill 2, which forces Trans people to use the bathroom designated to the gender on their birth certificate.
"Goodbye Gender" she said, as the document burned in her hand, and she gleefully waved at it. Her band and the audience applauded loudly in support.
“The way you affect change is by empowering the grassroots movement, by empowering the people,” she also told the audience at her band's sold out concert at Durham's Motorco Music Hall.
Earlier this year, someone suggested to her that she should cancel the concert as a form of protest. But instead she tweeted out "Hell no! ... I'm even more eager to play North Carolina 'cause of the bill! Let me know if there's any activist groups that can come table the show."https://twitter.com/LauraJaneGrace/status/715241953840001029
Other big name musicians like Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, and Bruce Springsteen have cancelled their concerts in North Carolina to show that they were against the bill.
Before the show started, Laura Jane gave an explanation on why she chose not to follow the example of her fellow musicians. “Bruce Springsteen pulling out of a concert has a noticeable financial effect. That’s lost revenue for the city. No one will notice that much if I cancel the show; it only hurts the fans and the people who have already bought tickets, and the people who could possibly be educated in a situation like that,” she said.
On April she also told buzzfeed why it was more important for her to be visible: “When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself,” she explained.https://twitter.com/kwymer6/status/732040259203125252